Pupils become Danger Detectives

Primary 6 pupils from across East Ayrshire became Danger Detectives at a special learning event which focused on personal safety.

The event, which saw over 1200 schoolchildren attend Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock each day for over a week, was well received by the youngsters.

The aim of the exercise was to provide young people with a variety of safety scenarios which challenge them to become ‘detectives’ and seek out the possible dangers that they could encounter in everyday life.

The young people took part in a range of real life scenarios including Internet Safety, Home Fire Safety, Road Safety, Hazard House Safety and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code with awareness training provided by the Countryside Ranger Service.

Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities went along to watch the ‘mini detectives’ with Councillor Eoghann MacColl, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities.

He said: “Danger Detectives is an excellent idea as it teaches young people, in practical and memorable ways, about the many dangers which may exist in all sorts of situations. The children really seem to enjoy their time at the event and leave with the knowledge that, by taking on board everything they have learned at Danger Detectives, they will be more aware of their own, and other people’s safety.”

Each child received a Danger Detectives booklet and a class certificate was awarded to each school.

Danger Detectives is delivered by Vibrant Communities in partnership with Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Stagecoach, colleagues from the across the Council including the Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Trading Standards and Environmental Health; and East Ayrshire Leisure.

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